April 29, 1948
The win streak reached six games this afternoon, when a new town provided acceptable weather for the Tribe to play. The weather met the Tribe’s standards, but the opponent again failed to measure up.
Lou Boudreau was just a triple short of the cycle and Bob Lemon toiled nine strong innings to lead the Tribe to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Browns in Sportsman’s Park this afternoon. The victory was their sixth straight to open the season, and gives them an early two-game lead in the American League standings.
April 25, 1948
After two days of occasional rain in Detroit, the sun came out to shine Sunday afternoon. While it appeared early that the rays of sun would give the Tigers some new life, the Indians proved they could hit in any weather.
Ken Keltner hit two home runs to help the Indians come back from an early deficit, and Bob Muncrief and Russ Christopher held the Bengals in check the final seven frames to give the Indians a 7-4 victory and sweep of the three game series. The 48,880 Detroit hopeful had little to cheer about after the second inning. The sweep asserts some muscle toward Detroit, a team the Indians will have to rival for third place throughout the season. Cleveland remains the only undefeated team in the American League circuit.
April 24, 1948
Imagine if he had control?
For the last three days, Bob Feller has told fans and reporters alike that he questioned his control and feel for the baseball with his current finger contusion suffered during Tuesday’s home opener. Despite a lack of touch, Feller toiled nine more innings allowing just five hits and one walk as the Indians won their second straight game in Detroit, 4-1.
April 23, 1948
We assume Bob Lemon didn’t drive the bus that took the team to Detroit yesterday afternoon, but it seems he did everything else this afternoon.
Lemon pitched nine strong innings, allowing only two runs and six hits, and hit a home run to help ruin the Tigers’ home opener this afternoon. Cleveland won the contest 8-2 for their second victory of the season. Ken Keltner hit two home runs of his own in helping the Tribe remain the American League’s last undefeated team.
When the Indians take the field this afternoon, the likely largest opening day crowd ever will see a team with many changes from the 1947 season. Even this morning, manager Lou Boudreau still is uncertain of his starting lineup.
The new look Cleveland Indians have 14 new members on the team from a season ago. The Indians will look to improve upon their 80-74 record from a year ago that landed them in fourth place in the American League, 25 games behind the World Series Champion New York Yankees. With rumor of Boudreau possibly being traded last offseason, the Indians have higher expectations than a mediocre finish.
April 19, 1948
If Larry Doby has not endured enough change in the last nine months, here is a little more.
Tomorrow, when the Indians open the season against the St. Louis Browns, Doby is expected to be in the starting lineup in right field, a position he has never played in the Major Leagues or the Negro Leagues. After breaking the American League color barrier last season, Doby is being expected to make a larger impact on this season’s Cleveland lineup.
When the Indians left for Spring Training, they had eight contenders for their three starting outfield spots. It was perceived that Doby was eighth on the list of the contenders to make the team. However, according to Indians manager Lou Boudreau, Doby made the team, “because he hustled the others right off the field.”